Good False Albacore Action in Sarasota
<p>Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and jacks in Sarasota Bay and false albacore (little tunny) and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf off Sarasota during the past week.
Bill Rhodes, from Hernando Beach, FL, fished the coastal gulf off Sarasota with me on Monday, 9/24. Large schools of Spanish mackerel fed in glass minnow schools while smaller schools of false albacore busted baits around the edges of mackerel schools. He caught and released a couple of albies to about 8-pounds and several Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
John Stenger and his son, Jeff, from KY, fished shallow and deep grass flats along the east side of Sarasota Bay and near Buttonwood Harbor with me on Tuesday, 9/25. They caught and released trout and jacks on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with a variety of tails and top water plugs.
It was a "go to Mexico" kind of day and the action was good in the coastal gulf on Wednesday, 9/26. In addition to numerous schools of false albacore and mackerel, a couple of big kings were spotted skyrocketing through bait. Small schools of albies were moving fast and not staying up long, but several fish to about 8-pounds were caught and released on flies.
Fishing for false albacore, Spanish mackerel and more in the coastal gulf will continue to get better as the water cools and baitfish schools become more concentrated. Catch and release snook fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay should also be good next week. This time of year we sometimes also catch reds and trout in the lights along with snook. Tarpon of all sizes should be another good option in upper Charlotte Harbor depending on conditions.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB's Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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Bill Rhodes Sarasota fly false albacore caught and released with Capt. Rick Grassett
About The Author: Captain Rick Grassett
Company: Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
Area Reporting: Soutwest Florida
Bio: Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter fly fishing guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, Capt. Rick fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor in his 18’ Action Craft flats boat. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly casting instructor. Destination fishing trips are another specialty of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service. Capt. Rick has lead groups of fly anglers to remote fishing locations around the world. Crane Meadow Lodge, MT, Los Roques, Venezuela, Andros Island Bonefish Club and Bonefish Bay Club in the Bahamas are several destinations where he has hosted groups in the past. Capt. Rick is a field editor for Saltwater Angler magazine and a monthly columnist for the Tampa Tribune. He has written articles for The Fisherman magazine and Orvis News. In addition to writing for these publications, he has been featured in articles in Florida Sportsman, Sportfishing, The Fisherman and Fly Fishing in Saltwater magazines. Capt. rick's web site, www.snookfin-addict.com features weekly fishing reports, current photos and and monthly fishing forecasts. He also maintains a second website that is specific to fly fishing and fly casting instruction, www.flyfishingflorida.net.